Sam Graves

Native of Bethany to take role of 6th District Director for Congressman Sam Graves

Congressman Sam Graves announced leadership changes in his Washington, DC and for his Missouri district offices. One of the new people is a Bethany native. Graves announced Harrison County native Buffy Smith will take on the role of 6th District Director. She will manage the day-to-day operations of the district offices. She previously served for […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

Audio: Federal grant to accelerate development of East Locust Creek Reservoir

The recent announcement of a large federal grant is expected to accelerate the program in developing a large lake north of Milan. The East Locust Creek Reservoir project receives a grant of nearly $13,500,000 with the money designated for infrastructure improvements including roads in rural Sullivan County. Brad Scott, the general manager for the North […]

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Kirksville Regional Airport receives $3.3 million to rehabilitate runway and taxiway

Sam Graves has announced the Kirksville Regional Airport will receive federal money through the Airport Improvement Program. Graves received notification from the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao that the Kirksville airport will be receiving $3.3 million through the program to rehabilitate both a runway and a taxiway. “Rural airports are incredibly important […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission receives grant to improve transportation

United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves of Missouri announced on Wednesday that the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission of Sullivan County will receive a nearly $13,500,000 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary Grant for the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project. Sullivan County will complete a variety of […]

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Farmer’s Electric Coop receives loan to upgrade infrastructure

Farmer’s Electric Cooperative, based in Chillicothe, has been selected as one rural co-op in 21 states to receive USDA financing to build and improve rural electric infrastructure. According to a recent announcement from the agriculture department, Farmer’s Electric is to receive a $14,000,000 loan allowing it to connect 726 customers while building and improving 114 […]

Flood Recovery

Congressional hearing focuses on flood recovery efforts in north Missouri

The House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hosted a hearing on federal recovery efforts from recent disasters.  During the hearing, House Transportation Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (MO-06) focused on flood recovery efforts across North Missouri, specifically the difficulties facing some Northwest Missouri residents due to an issue with the dates […]

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Community of Laredo receives loan and grant for nearly $534,000

The City of Laredo will receive funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to assist with making improvements to the city’s wastewater system. The city will receive a loan for $187,000 and a grant for $346,310. The USDA notes Laredo’s wastewater system was constructed in the 1980s and needs upgrades to meet ammonia standards. […]

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Public information meetings to be held on Lower Grand River Watershed study

A partnership of federal and state agencies will host three public information meetings to present the findings of a study on the Lower Grand River Watershed. The agencies include the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Missouri Department of Conservation. Possible options to address an array of environmental issues […]

Gas Tax

Missouri Lt. Governor says Missourians to decide if gasoline tax increase is needed

The state’s lieutenant governor says Missourians will have to decide whether a gasoline tax increase is needed. Missouri’s 17-cent gasoline tax has remained the same since 1996. Last November, voters rejected a proposed ten-cent gas tax increase. At his campaign announcement, last week at Jefferson City’s Memorial Park, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe (R) told the audience […]

Fiber Optic Internet Access

The net neutrality battle moves to the states, and to 2020

Net neutrality suffered a significant blow on Tuesday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era consumer protections. Because the court upheld the repeal, it remains legal for internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to block or throttle any sites they want, and […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA approves state’s request to add 14 additional counties to disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Missouri’s request to expand the federal major disaster declaration for Missouri to include assistance for local governments and nonprofit agencies in 14 additional counties and the City of St. Louis. FEMA’s approval means Benton, Boone, Callaway, Clay, Cooper, Dunklin, Gasconade, Howard, Lafayette, Lincoln, Pulaski, Scott, St. Charles, and St. […]